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Three Decades of Religious Vote in Europe

Guillermo Cordero
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Published Online: 2017-04-28 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/wps-2017-0001


The social sciences have often claimed the end of religiosity as one explanation for electoral behaviour in Europe. Nevertheless, left and right parties still incorporate religious and moral issues on the agenda in order to distance themselves from their opponents. This article undertakes a comparative study of 34 European democracies and examines the extent to which religious voting has diminished since the eighties. Results point to a sharp decline in the levels of religious vote until the nineties, followed by a revitalization since that time in a third of the countries included in the sample. The analysis also highlights the important role played by the political elite in activating the religious vote.

Keywords: electoral behaviour; europe; religiosity; religious voting


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Citation Information: World Political Science, Volume 13, Issue 1, Pages 77–98, ISSN (Online) 2363-4782, ISSN (Print) 2363-4774, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/wps-2017-0001.

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